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Light and Inexpensive Amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tunewriter, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. tunewriter


    Jul 26, 2012
    I am 65 and face the real prospect of gigging again. Unfortunately, we have no roadies. I will be lugging my own equip. Have an Ibanez SDGR 500 that I love. One of the lighter basses around. Looking for a lite amp that will easily fill a medium room. My back and shoulders just cringe at lugging a heavy bass amp. Always felt a 15" speaker was a must but I'm willing to listen to reason. Thanks for any suggestions gang!
  2. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    go cab/amp as two hauls means less weight each time, get a micro amp, then the only thing to worry about is the cab. barefaced make a 15" cab at 12kg
  3. Gallien-Krueger Amps
    MB200 - 200W - 2lbs
    MB500 - 500W - 3.75lbs
    MB Fusion - 500W - 4.5lbs

    Shoot, the heaviest of the MB line of heads is a whopping 5.5lbs!!!
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 find yourself a nice lightweight head, (many to choose from), and pair it with a good 2x12. The reason I suggest a 212 is because a single anything will limit your volume, and 2 12's are sufficient for almost any gig, while being significantly lighter than a big 215, or a 410 even. Combo amps in general, are too much of a compromise.
  5. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    A modern Class D micro-head and a fEARful cab built from lightweight ply should be all you need.
  6. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Congrats on playing again! I applaud you sir!

    You're probably going to find the 15" combos a bit heavier than your back remembers, but lucky enough the 12's are pretty incredible nowadays. I'm going to drop a couple links for you to look at. I'm not endorsing the vendor, just giving you ideas and there is a tab that says "reviews" that you can read for your own evaluations. Now, I have to admit, I'm still using an ancient Peavey Combo, and I'm old enough to remember Woodstock lol, but I'm used to hauling heavy stuff because of my job. By the way, I'm also an Ibanez SR500 user, and yes it is light, and a lot of bang for the buck! Good luck! :bassist:

    Here you go, some suggestions

    TC Electronics brand new combo:


    Gallien-Krueger MB112


    My personal favorite, the Markbass Mini Cmd 121P


    And guess what-- from Carvin, a small combo with a 15" speaker in it! :)


    Let us know what you decided on and how your gigs go! :) Good luck!
  7. ulynch

    ulynch Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Nor Cal
    You've gotten some great recommendations already, let me add a couple more: Carvin BX500, and GK MBE series cabs.
  8. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
  9. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    I think the new Peavey Max series should be out soon.
    Actually light, class-d, tuner
  10. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Ampeg PF-500, (or PF350), and PF210, or PF115 cab.

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